5 Kitchen Gadgets That Actually Help Fight Waste

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Multi-Purpose Kitchen Scissors

multi-purpose, kitchen gadget, Williams-Sonoma

Photo: William-Sonoma

If you already have plenty of kitchen utensils for cutting, you don’t need to go out of your way to buy special kitchen scissors. If you’re in the market for a good cutting implement, however, you ought to consider investing in a good pair of scissors.

Shears like those pictured above from Williams-Sonoma can cut many common items like meats, produce or parchment paper for baking, according to the company’s website. They also come with a built-in jar opener, nutcracker and bottle opener. Since these shears will serve many purposes, you won’t have to buy extra single-use gadgets. You can even use scissors to cut pizza, eliminating the need for a pizza cutter as well.

One quality of a good gadget is that you’ll get plenty of use out of it, and a pair of multi-purpose scissors most likely won’t gather dust in the back of a drawer.

A high-quality pair that comes with multiple tools isn’t cheap, but will probably pay for itself in the long run. These shears pictured above cost $49.95.

Food-Saving Storage Containers

Any airtight storage containers can help make your leftovers last longer, but have you ever wondered what you can do to keep fresh produce from spoiling? Reuseit.com offers a variety of gadgets that can help. Their Fruit and Vegetable Keepers made by Progressive International function as colanders that also allow you to control air flow. Depending on the item being stored, you can adjust the air vent to keep foods fresh. A handy guide for common fruits and veggies is printed on the side of each container. With these gadgets, you’ll be able to keep produce fresher for up to two weeks, ensuring excess produce won’t end up in the trash.

Another similar gadget is the Herb Keeper from Cuisipro, which will allow to you keep herbs from wilting. You could always freeze or dry your herbs, but for those who prefer fresh herbs, this gadget is perfect. The bottoms of the herbs are immersed in water, which helps maintain freshness. Now you won’t have to worry about what to do with all those fresh herbs right away when you buy a bunch at the store.

Prices for these gadgets vary depending on size, but the Fruit & Vegetable Keepers start at $9.45 and the Herb Keepers start at $17.95.


Juice Extractor, kitchen gadget

Photo: Kuvings

A juicer may seem like a bulky kitchen gadget, but juicing’s popularity is growing because eating fresh fruits and vegetables has many health benefits (and some people prefer their produce in liquid form). Juicers can help you reduce waste if you have too much produce on your hands. Especially if you’re someone who belongs to a Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) program and receives a weekly share of produce, a juicer can make your produce more manageable by extracting nutrients before those vegetables can wilt in your refrigerator’s crisper.

There are some helpful tips for how to make juicing more eco-friendly including juicing whole fruits or vegetables to eliminate waste, using seasonal produce or cooking with the leftover pulp. You can also compost the pulp leftover from juicing and use it to feed your garden.

A kitchen gadget is only going to be valuable for you if you know you’ll use it, so consider the volume of produce you typically have on hand before purchasing something that will take up a fair amount of space.

The juicer pictured above from Kuvings costs $89.99 and comes with an energy-saving motor. You can pay anywhere from $50 to a few hundred dollars depending on what kind of juicer you want.

Interested in learning other ways to reduce food waste? Check Out: Reduce Food Waste in 5 Easy Steps

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